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Class Descriptions

COMBO
Combo classes are a combination of ballet and tap techniques. Combo classes are for our youngest students at FLBA. We keep things fun with creative dance elements, while at the same time teaching ballet and tap vocabulary and fundamentals of technique.
Combo 1 is primarily Kindergarten and 1st grade aged students.
Combo 2 is typically 1st and 2nd grade age levels.
Combo 3 is for dancers ages 7-9, or 2nd-4th grade. 
It is not uncommon for dancers to repeat a Combo level class for 2 years.

BALLET
We offer 6 formal Ballet technique classes each week. They consist of levels 1A (our most basic ballet technique class) through 3B (our most advanced ballet technique class). Dancers may take up to 4 ballet classes each week. Pointe dancers are required to take 3 ballet classes each week. FLBA teaches primarily a Vagonova syllabus, with influences of Royal Ballet (French method) and Cecchetti. FLBA faculty will place dancers in the correct level based on their age, experience, skill level and desired # of classes each week.

JAZZ
We offer three jazz classes each week. There are three levels: 
Level 1 Introduction to jazz and reinforcing important fundamentals
Level 2 Repetition of fundamentals and introducing various styles
Level 3 Has strong jazz technique and ready for a challenge). 
Dancers may take up to 2 jazz classes a week.  
We believe that intention, expressiveness, motivation, performance quality, musicality, and communication within the art of dance are foremost.
Jazz dance is a nonverbal art form traditionally passed from teacher to student in a physical way.
Jazz dance is a freedom-loving, movement-loving tradition. Each young jazz dancer who receives this gift of expression is free to play with it and shape it to his or her own world view.
Our jazz classes provide a balance of strength and flexibility, endurance conditioning, and neuromuscular coordination.

TAP
We offer three tap classes each week. There are three levels: 
Level 1 Introduction to tap and reinforcing important fundamentals.
Level 2 Repetition of fundamentals and challenge musicality.
Level 3 Has strong tap technique and ready for more intensive combinations. 
Dancers may take up to 2 tap classes a week. FLBA teaches primarily contemporary tap. We see this style at workshops, on television, on Broadway and in the movies. Our main objective is to create a rhythm tapper, with a varied background including ballet, jazz, and other various skills. We focus on total body movement, placing the emphasis on technical correctness, while performing the sounds of tap on the balls of the feet.  

LYRICAL
Lyrical Dance has become very popular. This expressive form uses an applied technique that borrows the techniques of ballet, jazz, modern, and fuses other world dance forms. In Lyrical Dance, the quality of movement is closely connected to the style of music and the interpretation of the lyrics. the dance form possesses a fluid quality, but also uses the dynamics and accents of the music to convey the emotions of the song and communicate the story to the audience. This integrated form allows for freedom of self-expression. We offer 2 lyrical/contemporary classes each week. Both require ballet as a prerequisite. 
Lyrical 1 is for approximately ages 12-15, and dancers at an intermediate ballet level with strong fundamentals. 
Level 2 lyrical is for dancers at an advanced ballet level, approximately ages 15 and up. When registering, FLBA would like to know if dancers are interested in lyrical/contemporary, even if they are younger than 12 or if their ballet level is more basic. 

HIP HOP
Hip Hop is a blend of many styles. We teach a variety beginning with the original styles of Funk, including Locking and Electric Boogaloo movements. We also cover individual styles like Popping, Tutting, Waving, Freestyle, New Jack Swing and contemporary choreography.
Mini- age 7-9 Fun atmosphere, basic footwork, and movement. Repetitious combinations to build technique and create confidence. 
Level 1 ages 9-11 Continuing repetition of basic footwork, adding some challenges, increasing speed, and introduction to new styles/review
Level 2 ages 11-13 Continuing the challenge of footwork and increasing speed, and introduction to new styles/review
Level 3 ages 13+ The most challenging, speeds vary, styles vary, and learning combinations/choreography at a fast pace.


MODERN
Modern Dance is a form of dance as a performing art, variously developed in the 20th century by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Martha Graham, etc. Modern dance is characterized by bodily movements and rhythms less formalized than classical ballet and less firmly bound to predetermined musical form.
Modern 1: This beginning class offers an introduction to basic dance movement and the basic elements of music and rhythm. Dancers will mainly focus on Bartenieff Fundamentals and will blend that technique with other modern styles. Bartenieff Fundamentals is a construct that focuses on movement integration and harmony. When moving, our coordination is affected by body connections, center of weight and the relationship to initiation and follow through of a given action.  
Modern 2: This beginning/advance beginning modern dance class continues with the fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. This class includes fall/recover, improvisation, and expressive movement. Concepts of space, time and force as related to dance will be discussed.
Modern 3: This intermediate modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focuses on proper technique with more complex combinations. This class will continue to explore improvisation and contact improvisation will be introduced.  
Modern 4: This intermediate/advanced modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focus is on proper technique while performing complex combinations and developing a personal style. This course creates an opportunity for self-discovery, self-discipline and self-expression in the art form of modern dance.













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Dress Code
Proper dance attire is important in enhancing a productive learning environment in dance class. Students feel more like dancers, and are less distracted, when they are dressed appropriately. Please adhere to the dress code as described. Students should enter the studio in their dancewear. No street clothes or shoes are allowed in the studio. Only proper dance warm-ups (leg-warmers, dance sweaters, etc.) should be worn.

For female ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary students:
  •Solid colored leotard 
  •Pink tights (tan are ok for jazz)
  •Ballet slippers for ballet, jazz shoes for jazz
  •No skirts.
Hair must be pulled back in a bun– no ponytails. Short hair must be held back off the face with a barrette. Dancers are distracted when their hair is not appropriate for class.
No jewelry for class except post earrings, please.

For male ballet students:
  •White shirt
  •Black pants
  •Black or white ballet slippers

For Modern:​
  • Solid colored leotard 
  • Footless tights
  • Hair in a braid or secured to head
  • Leggings are ok, but dance wear is preferred

For Tap & Hip-hop:
  • Leggings and tank top or t-shirt for girls
  • Hair in a bun, braid or secured to head (no loose pony        tails)
  • Shorts or sweatpants and t-shirt for boys